ICCSD college readiness program receives major monetary boost

ICCSD college readiness program receives major monetary boost
KCJJ Staff
11/08/18

A program aimed to help more local students get to college has received a major boost.

The Iowa City Community School District has received a $310,000 commitment for its AVID program from ACT.

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, has been used in a handful of ICCSD elementary schools and junior highs since 2016-17. It is a national program which offers teachers techniques to incorporate age-appropriate academic skills needed to eventually advance to college. The goal, officials say, is to facilitate learning on an individual basis rather than a rigid uniform teaching method.

ICCSD officials had already planned to expand their offering of the AVID program to all elementaries and junior highs but now say they plan to incorporate it at the high school level beginning next fall.

Superintendent Stephen Murley says they’ve seen “incredible results” from the program in closing “the opportunity gap.”